(Video courtesy of Out & and About)
Scott Humphrey, president of Light Action Productions based in New Castle, announced plans to build a new multi-million dollar sound stage on Wilmington’s 7thStreet Peninsula.
The former industrial area between the Christina River and Brandywine Creek isnear Fort Christina and the Kalmar Nyckel shipyard.
Mayor Mike Purzycki said he had encouraged Humphrey to move forward with his unique idea for some time and is pleased that this project is finally moving forward.
Groundbreaking will be held within the next month.
In an withOut & About, interview Humphrey said his company is building a 150,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres along the 7thStreet Peninsula.
The $8 millionprojectwill feature a 25,000-square-foot, 95-foot-tallsound stagecalled the Pine Box, which Humphrey says will be lit up and visible from Interstate 495.
“Thissoundstage will be for crews and companies that are either doing pre-production on a Broadway musical, or for a touring band that’s about to go out on the road, or for film or TV crews,” said Humphrey. “We’ve looked at moving to the city for a while, and I think this space will bring a sort of organic energy and lots of opportunity to the area.”
Purzycki said the City of Wilmington has been eager to facilitate the sale of the 20 acres that Humphrey’s company purchased on the peninsula. Purzycki the location and availability of the 7thStreet Peninsula property, while somewhat neglected, makes perfect sense for Light Action.
“There aren’t that many places in the city where you can find a piece of property that large, especially for a company of Scott’s size, with the need for external parking, all his big rigs, storage, and equipment,” says Purzycki. “We wanted to do everything we could to make the site attractive, but there was no particular assistance from us other than the commitment that we will improve road access at the site.”
Humphrey told out and about that once the facility is built, Light Action Productions’ warehouse – which will be filled with live entertainment production elements – will occupy 90,000 square feet, along with 30,000 square feet of space designated to design, video and lighting studios and conference rooms. Another 5,000 square feet will be reserved forofficespace,and the final 25,000 square feet for the Pine Box.
Humphrey says he’s already spoken to industrial and manufacturing neighbors in the 7thStreet vicinity about future plans for the area such as a restaurant, bar or possible hotel accommodations, although no plans have been confirmed. Humphrey said a grand opening is tentatively scheduled for late 2019.